Being Erica – Big Picture Thinking

29 Jan

So as Anna mentioned a while back I am up in Sydney for a month working for the ABC, not writing alas but as a program assistant. Working full time makes finding time to write a lot harder so it has been a while since I’ve written a post. But I had to give a shout out to my favourite TV show I watched last year ‘Being Erica’. ‘Being Erica’ is a Canadian drama created by Canadian writer Jana Sinyor who created the show when she was just 32 years of age. Jana had previously worked a little on the wonderful and never ending ‘Degrassi High’ and created a children’s program before this called ‘Dark Oracle’. ‘Being Erica’ has been sold to over 90 countries and the US and UK remakes are in the pipelines. Being Erica is possible one of Canada’s biggest ever TV success stories but you probably haven’t heard of it. The first season aired  in 2008 and the 4th and final season of the original version finished just before Christmas. I started watching ‘Being Erica’ in the middle of this year and I have now seen all four seasons. I am currently re watching season 2 and thought I would give you guys a little shout out to watch this amazing show.

Being Erica is a about a women who at 32 just can’t get anything right, she works in a call centre, she’s single and she’s going no where. All in one day she gets fired, stood up on a date by a man who decided to go to the gym and has has an allergic reaction and ends up in the hospital. In the hospital she meets Dr Tom, an unconventional therapist who gives her his card. After running away from her parents house in pyjamas, Erica finds herself at Dr Tom’s office. Dr Tom asks her why she thinks her life has ended up so badly and Erica says it’s because of bad choices. She says she has a list a mile long of choices she regrets. Dr Tom asks her to make a list of her regrets and after she is done, he points to a particular one and asks her what she would do differently. She says how she would change her actions and suddenly Dr Tom has sent her back in time to redo her regret, she is now a time traveller. And that in a nutshell is the premise of Being Erica, what if you could go back and undo your regrets.

‘Being Erica’ is this and much more. It is an incredibly spiritual and philosophical show lead by the amazing writer Jana Sinyor who surprise, surprise has a degree in religious studies.  Being Erica is a study in why we behave the way we do and what we need to change and what we need to know to change it.

Feeling a bit depressed up here in Sydney, away from my family and friends ‘Being Erica’ is the perfect company. It makes me see the bigger picture and guides me to feel my feelings and see the truth just like it’s protagonist Erica. ‘Being Erica’ is realistic while at the same time being science fiction.The thought provoking the twists and turns of the therapy will have anyone who watches it thinking about the world in a different way. This is a little known show that needs more attention so get watching. Jana Sinyor is a great inspiration to young screenwriters and she is my new hero.  Thanks Jana for making my time in Sydney a little easier.

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One Response to “Being Erica – Big Picture Thinking”

  1. Pam February 5, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    I just started watching online here in Chicago and am definitely enjoying it! It’s fun and has lots of food for thought.

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